Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fashion's Night Out 2012: The Best Nail Polish Events

As summer winds down, Fashion Week excitement starts up. That also means another Fashion's Night Out is just around the corner. Love it or loathe it, FNO is one of the most accessible parts of Fashion Week as a majority of events are open and free to all.

The FNO website is a great resource for navigating the many events around town on September 6th, but with 793 events listed in NYC alone, I've narrowed down the list and made a guide to scout out the best nail polish and manicures of Fashion's Night Out! I added my own notes to the FNO event descriptions in purple.

Quick Summary:

  • FNO manicures being offered: 15
  • Limited edition shades: 1? NARS is releasing a "one night only" collection, but it isn't clear if this will include a nail polish. Update: the NARS collection will be an eyeshadow duo and a velvet matte lip pencil. No polish. Sadly, it doesn't seem that Nails Inc is releasing another limited edition shade this year :/
  • New polish releases: 2, possibly 3? The TWIN-SETS DE CHANEL collection, Estée Lauder NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquers, and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics F/W 2012 Collection (polish?)

Events details are still being finalized, but I do hope this list will get you off to a good start! Read to the bottom for some other events that are particularly interesting!

Click through to see the list...

Alice & Trixie
379 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
755 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
431 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014
Shop: Meet the designers & shop collections from Alice & Trixie, Blank Denim, B-Low the Belt, & LeighElena. Primp: Enjoy our COMPLIMENTARY BeautyBar! Hairstyling by Mark Garrison, manicures by Color Club, feather extensions by TheFeatherJunkie, lashes by Eylure, and dry shampoo by Batiste. Party:Dance on our Red Carpet to a live DJ and performance. Sip & Munch:Enjoy HINT Water, Cupcake Vineyards Wine, and GoodieBites. GiftBags: The first 100 shoppers receive gift bags with $350 in products and services.
Last year, the Color Club ice cream truck was unfortunately shut down. Glad to see they will be taking part this year!

Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet
80 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
GIRLS NIGHT OUT! It’s the ultimate slumber party at alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6, 2012. Guests will dance along to our favorite 80’s jams and watch slumber party chick flicks while enjoying sweet treats and browsing the boutiques for the latest Fall frocks! Braid bars, manicures, charm bracelet stations and tattoo booths will be making over FNO shoppers with aura and palm readers on hand to predict our (sure to be bright) futures!

644 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Join Atrium this FNO for a Rock n' Roll inspired evening. -Designer of M.Cohen, Maor, will be designing pieces in store live, a limited-edition piece will be available for purchase that evening. - Get a rock inspired makeover by Lalilali Salon – hair, make-up and manis and get a free tattoo with purchase of any Martin Kheen products - Unlimited food from the Crusin' Kitchen Foodtruck, rock inspired cocktails, flipbook machine and Instagram feed - DJ and live performance sponsored by KITH

Bergdorf Goodman
754 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Starting at 3:00 pm: Special guest appearances by beauty experts and makeup artists including Aerin Lauder, Francis Kurkdjian, Colette Malouf and Miss Pop nail bar, Brows by Sonja, lashes by Taylor and more. With DJ Johnny Dynell.

1000 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Celebrate Fashion's Night Out in style and embrace your Fame at our Lady Gaga fragrance event. Receive a pop-star manicure with your Lady Gaga Fame purchase.* *First-come, first-served; While supplies last.

15 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
139 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
737 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup Peter Philips celebrates fashion in colors with a new Fashion’s Night Out collection of matching lip and nail duos. Three harmonies to be worn like a twin-set, stylish and feminine. LA PROVOCANTE & PROVOCATION: unique plum L’INFIDÈLE & INFIDÈLE: intense pink LA DÉLICATE & DÉLICATESSE: refined beige The TWIN-SETS DE CHANEL collection presented at Fashion’s Night Out will be sold at CHANEL boutiques as of September 6, 2012.
Sweet! New colors - now we're talking!

Dagny + Barstow
264 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Meet THE NOISE GIRL, jewelry designer Chelsea Van Houten, as she custom designs pieces for FNO customers and receive complimentary nail art designed by Chelsea herself at our Fresh Mani bar. Refreshments will be provided.

Estée Lauder at Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Makeup and Manicures with Tom Pecheux. Tom will give tips on how to translate the fall runway trends from around the world for your beauty routine. Beauty advisers and makeup artists will be on site giving makeovers inspired by the fall trends, and manicurists will be on site giving polish changes with the NEW Pure Color Nail Lacquers inspired by Paris at night. Exclusive Estee Lauder manicures will be available to those who purchase a "perfect pair" of the Estee Lauder Nail Lacquers.
Yay, more new colors!

Frederic Fekkai
712 Fifth Avenue Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10019
In celebration of Fashion's Night Out, Frederic Fekkai presents fekkai mademoiselle, a must stop beauty soiree. Two exclusive packages: 1. Fekkai Mademoiselle - Choose between signature NY blow-out, St. Barths's Sexy beach Waves or the perfectly undone chignon, a makeup application and Ciate's Caviar, Velvet or Sequin Manicure. 2. A customized Nail Rock Designer Nail Wrap Application Complimentary Candy Bar and gift bags!

Greenwich Jewelers
64 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006
Shop jewels at Greenwich Jewelers while you get a free manicure from Sally Hansen nail technicians. Show off your personal style by combining stunning nail art with showstopping cocktail rings. Instagram your creation and it may be posted on the Greenwich Jewelers Facebook and Pinterest pages. Gift bags available for all attendees while supplies last. Get a COMPLIMENTARY Salon Effects manicure from the Sally Hansen crew, model Greenwich Jewelers' newest collections of designer rings and bracelets, and show off your #FingerParty creation in front of our Step & Repeat. Champagne and desserts will be served. Gift bags available while supplies last. Come early!

151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Get Your Party Nail On! Get Star PoweRED on Fall's most fashionable night when you visit our nail bar & take home a special gift with any $30 purchase in Women's Ready To Wear, Cosmetics Fragrance!*| Impulse on 3 & Women’s on 5 | Time: 6:00PM

Matt Bernson
20 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013
Make your way to Matt Bernson's new Tribeca store for a night of swanky services hosted by Redbook Magazine's Fashion Editor, Cris Desposito. Meet the designer & score insider tips on the hottest trends, enjoy endless cocktails by Given Liqueur, Signature NailEZEE Manicures, Joico Braid Bar & more. Be first to check out in-store exclusives, swoop up a designer-curated vintage shades & catch a sneak peek of what's to come from MB. Get there early, the first 100 will grab a very special swag bag.
I've never heard of NailEZEE... have you?

Maybelline New York
14th Street & 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10017
For Fashion’s Night Out (6pm-11pm) the Meatpacking District is the place to be as Maybelline New York hosts their official Color Studio Lounge. Enjoy makeovers by Maybelline’s top makeup artists, walk the catwalk like a pro and step into their custom photo studio to show off your new looks and much more! Look for Maybelline New York’s Mobile Color Studio throughout New York City offering beauty on-the-go. Enjoy daytime touch-ups and mini-manicures featuring the season’s hottest new colors – Maybelline Color Show. What better way to pamper yourself in preparation for your big night? - Fashion’s Night Out! 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Mobile Color Studio – Times Square (Broadway at 41st/42nd) 3:00 PM – 6:00PM: Mobile Color Studio – Union Square (Union Square West at 14th/15th)
What in the world is a mini-manicure???

NARS Cosmetics
413 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014
Join us at NARS 413 Bleecker to meet Lena Koro, NARS International Lead Stylist and check out NARS' exclusive FNO collection - available for one night only!
Exclusive polish, perhaps? *crosses fingers*

Plum Alley
833 Broadway 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Complimentary hair styling by Beauty Booked, manicures by Manicube, and music by DJ Jasmine Solano.

40 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
Gucci Westman hosts the ultimate beauty party at Industria Studios. Ticketholders receive a personal consultation with Gucci Westman and make-up application from a member of her New York Fashion Week team; a manicure from celebrity manicurist Jin Soon and her team, photos at the Revlon photo booth, music, champagne, small bites and much more! Go to www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org/revlonfno to purchase tickets. TICKET PRICE: $50. All ticket proceeds go to benefit “Look Good… Feel Better.”

The Shops at Columbus Circle - J. Crew
Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023
CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE OF FASHION. Join J.Crew for an evening extravaganza with shopping, drinks and our stylish Fashion’s Night Out 2012 souvenir—a custom makeup bag and FACE Stockholm nail polish—with your purchase of $150 or more*. We can’t wait to see you there! Check out www.theshopsatcolumbuscircle.com for a full list of shop and restaurant offerings on Fashion’s Night Out at Time Warner Center! *While supplies last. Merchandise total must equal $150 or more before taxes.

The Spa at Trump SoHo New York
246 Spring Street 7th floor, New York, NY 10013
At 5 pm, The Spa at Trump SoHo hosts a pop-up Beauty Bar next to chic poolside Bar d’Eau. Fashionistas can “get ready” with complimentary makeover treatments while sipping on prosecco. Guests will have the chance to purchase makeup and skincare products (Kate Somerville, SpaRitual, etc.) and a selection of accessories sold at The Spa. - Hair touch ups: blow dry, flat iron, curling iron, up-do (no wash) - Makeup touch ups - Nail polish change - Prosecco and Mediterranean small bites

Other events that sound fun...

C. Wonder
72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
C. Wonder representative’s will be passing out different colored C. Wonder balloons throughout Soho. Bring your C. Wonder balloon back to the Soho store and find out what prize you win based on your color! C. Wonder will also be teaming up with Daily Candy for FNO. Exclusive Daily Candy Editors will be at the Soho store. Music will be provided by our in house D.J, and we will be serving sweet treats and lemonade

Christian Louboutin
59 Horatio Street, New York, NY 10014
808 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
We invite our guests to join in this celebration and discover what lies beneath their soles. On hand to help guests see through to their future are tarot card readers offering private readings.The boutique windows will be transformed into x-ray light boxes, giving the viewers a glimpse through the exterior to discover what lies beneath.During the evening, 3 exclusive styles sharing dragon tattoo embroidery, will be revealed; a platform for the ladies, slippers for the gentlemen and an iPad case.

David Yurman
712 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065
David Yurman, America’s renowned fine jewelry and timepiece designer, will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out at the Madison Avenue flagship with specially created cocktails and delectable desserts all inspired by David Yurman signature collections including women’s, men’s and timepieces.
I'm curious what David Yurman-inspired dessert could be...

874 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
Get Ready to Rendez-vous at DVF! Hosted by Girls™ Allison Williams and Vogue™’s Meredith Melling Burke, our studio will be transformed into the ultimate space to get ready for your next chance encounter. Receive styling advice from a Vogue Editor and makeup touch ups from MAC artists, ask a fortune teller for a glimpse into the future, and enjoy cocktails, desserts and special guest DJ Solange Knowles. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram with #DVFNightIsYoung.

Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Join Henri Bendel at our 5th Avenue flagship for Fashion’s Night Out as they dazzle & delight with the help of Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity! Transport yourself to Las Vegas with a live Zumanity performance and casino night theme! Other attractions include a personal appearance by Izak Zenou, famed fashion illustrator, & Swarovski crystal customizable FNO T-shirts and phone cases. PLUS! Enjoy cocktails from The Mulberry Project’s mixologists and munch on food from some of NYC’s beloved food trucks.
This sounds like the most extravagant FNO event out there!

610 Fifth Avenue Suite 9, New York, NY 10020
Join Longchamp on an adventure through Paris in our new movie, “Oh! my bike" screening exclusively at the Rockefeller Center Boutique, for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6th. Directed by Blanca Li and featuring top models Coco Rocha and Emily DiDonato, “Oh! my bike” stars the brand’s newest design, the vibrant LM Cuir Tote, which will be gifted to one lucky contestant in a drawing! Then, take a spirited ride in one of Longchamp’s Pedicabs to embark on your own adventures in New York City!

MAC Cosmetics
506 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
M∙A∙C Fashion’s Night Out with Azealia Banks Time: 7 – 10 pm About: Check out an exclusive performance by Azealia Banks at M∙A∙C Soho store. DJ Cosmo will be playing all night.

486 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Stop by for sips, sweet treats and receive a complimentary Birchbox with purchases of $100 or more. (While supplies last)

Manolo Blahnik
31 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Cyndi Lauper and Manolo Blahnik USA invite you to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out and Cyndi’s new musical, Kinky Boots. Cyndi will be performing at our 54th Street boutique at 8:30pm.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
174 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002
Get a sneak peek before the rest of the world of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics F/W 2012 Collection! Sip on cocktails and enjoy vegan hors d'oeuvres.

Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel
1190-1192 Broadway, New York, NY 10001
Opening Ceremony is returning to the ACE Hotel for Fashion's Night Out this year launching Korea as its country of focus. The hotel lobby will be converted into a noraebang, or a “private” karaoke room, where guests can participate in the favorite Korean pastime and sing among special hosts.

Ted Baker London
595 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Ted Baker London will provide traditional British Fish and Chips via Ted's very own Fish and Chips truck positioned outside Ted’s new Fifth Avenue store to the first 100 visitors and will provide as a gift with every purchase following. Guests to the store will also have the opportunity to enter to win a luxury trip to London. With every purchase of $200 or more, shoppers will receive a limited edition "Ted Loves New York" tote.

845 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Join us for a preview of the new TOM FORD Fall Color and Beauty collections. TOM FORD Beauty specialists will be in store from 6PM - 10PM.

And... H&M will provide free double decker buses that will make stops at select H&M stores around the city


  1. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing this info!

    1. It took a long time and it's safe to say I've done some damage to my eyes, but it's so worth it!!! Are you going to any events?

  2. Great post! I will run to Chanel $ estee lauder! I saw nailezee polishes in a smal farmacy in 1st ave & I think it was 66th, but i never tried them!

  3. they are organizing it here also, but you can't go in the stores without invitation.

    1. Oh boo, invitations take the fun out of it!